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Maple_leaf_imageHuot, Grand'Maison and Tildesley Shine for Canada at Swimming Meet

May 28, 2007 - Berlin, Germany - Donovan Tildesley of Vancouver and Benoit Huot and Valerie Grand’Maison, both Montreal, earned two first place finishes in their respective categories on Saturday at the German International Championships for swimmers with a disability.

All three Canadians posted their victories in their respective 100-metre freestyle and 200-metre
individual medley races.

"I like the fact that I went out and raced despite feeling fatigued from all the training and still
neared my personal bests," said Tildesley, a visually impaired swimmer in the S11 class. "In the 100 freestyle I was a half second off my personal best which is a big confidence booster. I know I have a lot left in me for the bigger events this summer."

Grand’Maison is having a great week which includes world record performances in the 400 IM and 200 freestyle in the S13 class for visually impaired on Thursday and Friday.

"I never expected to do this well," said Grand’Maison, Canada’s most successful swimmer at the world championships last year with five gold, a silver and a bronze. "Even today in the 100 free I had my third fastest time ever. I’m working a lot on my strength in the water and trying to have even splits."

Other Canadians with first place finishes in their classes were Chelsey Gotell of Antigonish, N.S.,
in the women’s 100 butterfly. She was also second to Grand’Maison in the 200 IM; Also first were Anne Polinario of Montreal in the 100 freestyle and Brad Sales of London, Ont., and Brian Hill of Montreal, in their respective 200 backstrokes.

Darda Geiger of London added a third place in her 100 freestyle with a fifth place in her 200 IM.
Polinario was also fourth in the 200 IM and Sales 10th in the 100 freestyle.

Competition ends Sunday.

For more information - Pour plus d'information
Martin Richard, Communications Director -
Swimming Natation Canada
O: 613.260.1348 ext 2002
mrichard@swimming.ca
www.swimming.ca - www.natation.ca

2004 Results

Walter Wu
Swimming
100m Backstroke
Hyack Invitational
New Westimster, B.C
June 26th, 2004
1.09.31

Donovan Tildesley
Swimming
100m Freestyle
Mel Zajac Junior Int'l
Vancouver, B.C.
May 14th, 2004
1.00.51

Donovan Tildesley
Swimming
200m Freestyle
Mel Zajac Junior Int'l
Vancouver, B.C.
May 14th, 2004
2.15.27

 

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